About the course
This inter-disciplinary course combines international relations, gender and peacekeeping with cultural studies, and addresses the need for intercultural expertise in all global situations.
Focusing on employability, you will understand the growth of NGOs, the importance of the UN, globalisation of industry and multi-cultural communities made up of economic migrants and refugees.
This course is delivered via a new Block delivery method. You study four blocks, one subject at a time, with two assessments for each block followed by a project. This enables you to focus on each topic and study in depth. You can join the programme at six entry points in the year in September, November, January, March, June or July.
Why choose this course?
• Study at a pace that suits your work-life balance – choose a one year full-time course, or extend your learning part-time.
• Explore options in public relations, intercultural communication and international marketing
• Gain real insight into peacekeeping and security though studying with experienced academics and practitioners including a Clinical Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies with experience in peacekeeping as a military officer
• Benefit from a course that combines core international relations units, gender and peacekeeping with cultural studies, focusing on the importance of intercultural competence in international situations.
• Develop the skills needed to work internationally and engage in international issues in political, economic or business areas as both politics and culture integrate to shape economic, technological, demographic and social justice concerns.
• Learn using our employability practice-based approach incorporating real business to develop your strengths and skills in this area.
Unit Information – What Will I Learn?
On this course you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.
The entry points are September, November, January, March, June, July.
This allows you to start when it is most suitable.
Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.
• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits
The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.
Course units (unit order depends on your start date):
• Brand Communication and Reputation Management
• Intercultural Business Competencies
• International Relations
• Peace Keeping and Security
This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:
• A six month work placement - a work-based learning approach in a suitable organisation, formulated in advance with the employer and business school.
• Internship - this is an assessed activity lasting one to three months, as monitored work or service/volunteer experience formulated in advance with the Business School. You will have specific learning goals and will actively reflect on the complete learning experience.
• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.
• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.
How will I be assessed?
In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand International Relations Management in practice.
It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:
• Non-Government Organisations
• United Nations
• International Relations
You are also well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.
Fees and funding
Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit http://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
for full information on fees and funding.
Fees are £12,000.
A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.
for full information.
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.
Our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to enhance your CV, and gain an international experience: http://www.beds.ac.uk/shortcuts/goglobal
(open to students from the UK and EU).
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UK/EU: £6,800; International: £12,000 (see more details in the course description)